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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
“Smarter Living in Michigan” expo dedicated to the state’s burgeoning alternative energy industry and innovative companies
Governor Rick Snyder kicked off the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Center in Detroit today by opening the “Smarter Living in Michigan” expo, sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), in the Michigan Hall. The 5,000 square-foot display is dedicated to the state’s burgeoning alternative energy industry and innovative companies, and features the ways in which alternative energy technologies are reinventing our lives.
“The technology and cutting-edge products highlighted in this display demonstrate the kind of entrepreneurial dynamism we must cultivate in Michigan at an accelerated pace,” Snyder said. “We will reinvent Michigan and create the kind of state where businesses in every industry can thrive and create jobs.”
Visitors can stroll through the MEDC Town Square’s interactive exhibits featuring the latest in energy efficiencies, with solar shingles and residential wind turbines just a few of the innovations from Michigan companies that are driving America’s clean-energy future. DTE Energy’s roadway path through the MEDC Town Square spotlights additional energy-related products and service providers based in Michigan. In the NAIAS Drive and Ride Track area, the focus is on eco-friendly transportation, complete with the opportunity to test-drive electric and hybrid vehicles provided by more than 30 auto manufacturers.
New this year is the use of QR codes on displays, which allow smartphone users to download company and product information directly.
"Smarter Living in Michigan" Town Square exhibitors include:
Other exhibitors in the Smarter Living showcase include Albert Kahn, Bongiovi Acoustics / Johnson Controls, Builders.org & MyHomeCoupons.com, DTE Energy, Eco-Green-Energy, Log Home Outfitters, LumaSmart, Lumecon, SPX Service Solutions and WellHome.
The NAIAS is open to the public January 15 through January 23. It is expected to draw more than 4,500 automotive journalists, representatives from 1,700 auto-related companies and over 700,000 expected visitors to one of the world’s premier industry events.
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Join the conversation on: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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